Where Are They Now: Aaron Vose, MD

Aaron Vose, MD. Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Duke University Health System

What were some of the projects you worked on while you were at Iowa and how did this work prepare you for your career? 

The main project that helped prepare me for my career was the ultrasound curriculum that we (Smock, McConomy, Rappaport) developed for internal medicine residents–my skills translated immediately to the bedside upon starting my fellowship. Additionally, it has allowed me to continue teaching ultrasound skills here at Duke.

Other important things were the teaching skills that I was able to develop during my third year and chief resident year as well as the research time I was allowed during residency to maintain my interests in laboratory research and clinical training. I’m using the research time during fellowship to build toward a physician-scientist career path.

Dr. Suneja, Dr. Vose, and Dr. Abel –
residency graduation 2018

What was most valuable to you during your years at the University of Iowa?

The most valuable thing during my time at Iowa was the close relationships with mentors and the strong, supportive environment that Iowa provides.

What is a “fun fact” (however you want to interpret this) about you that folks here might not know? 

My wife and I recently welcomed our first child in August!

What is one memory that stands out from your time at Iowa?

100% has to be coffee breaks with Dr. Sunjea, I won’t even mention how many cups a day…

What is something you learned at Iowa that you still use in your current role?

How to treat people–what I mean by that is when you’re in the arena of academic medicine it is easy to become overly reliant on consultative medicine and esoteric lab testing that may not be available at other places. Iowa provides a strong backbone of medical knowledge that allows you to work through problems…but most importantly, to treat the person–recognize their values, meet their families, have the difficult conversations, I carry Iowa with me during those times.

How do you maintain a life-work balance in your current role?

It has really been a challenging time for all of us in pulmonary to maintain a good balance during the pandemic. Spending time with family, getting outdoors, and making a concerted effort to not check emails and charts from home.

2017-18 Chief Residents
L-R: Aaron Vose, Amanda Grippen Goddard, Sheena CarlLee, Josiah Zubairu

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